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  • People are organizing a "cash mob" to visit the Batavia Farmers Market Saturday. The idea is to show support for local food producers and show the power of local shopping to stimulate the local economy.

       People are organizing a "cash mob" to visit the Batavia Farmers Market Saturday. The idea is to show support for local food producers and show the power of local shopping to stimulate the local economy.
    LAURA STOECKER | Staff Photographer, 2009

 
 

Shoppers are being urged to show up as a "cash mob" at the Batavia Farmers Market Saturday, to show support for local businesses.

And after buying their meat and vegetables there, organizers would like them to stick around to talk about forming a food cooperative.

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The cash mob is at 10 a.m. at the market on South Water Street.

According to cashmob.com, the idea is for people to spend $10 to $20 in cash, showing how spending money with local producers can stimulate a local economy.

Then at 11 a.m., there will be a meeting at Panera Bread, 154 W. Wilson St., for people interested in forming a food cooperative, The Green Tomato, in Batavia. Organizers would like to develop such a place in the downtown, according to its Facebook page. Food cooperatives are member-owned stores. The Batavia organizers are particularly interested in developing a place that would make locally produced food available, as well as organic items and bulk items.

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